Red Bird Sorbus alnifolia
As the name suggests Red Bird features large bright orange / red berries in the autumn, which are popular with birds. The autumn leaf colours are also attractive.
The flower clusters borne in early summer are a pure white, contrasting nicely with the fresh green toothed leaves - more impressive than those of most rowans.
In winter the smooth grey bark and dense spreading bare branches are attractive.
Red Bird rowan trees for sale
In a 7L pot
Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
How to grow
Red Bird belongs to one of the less well-known rowan species, Sorbus alnifolia. This species has a wider climate range than most other rowans, and is a good choice if you want to plant a rowan tree and live in an area with a warm dry climate. It will also tolerate very cold climates, but is not suitable for hot humid climates.
Red Bird prefers slightly acidic soils.
It grows fairly quickly, initially with an upright column form, but noticeably more spreading as it ages.
The rowan species Sorbus alnifolia is sometimes known as the Korean Mountain Ash. The species name reflects the alder-like shape of the leaves, which are also more similar to the leaves of whitebeams, and some authorities consider this to be a whitebeam rather than a rowan
Red Bird characteristics
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantAutumn foliage colour
- Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
- Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- SunlightPrefers full sun
- PruningNo need to prune
- Growth rateFast
- Site conditionsSheltered siteWindy site
- WildlifeAttractive to birds
- Flower colourWhite
- Flowering monthMayJune
- Leaf colourGreen
- Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
- Fruit colourOrange / Red
- Fruit persistencePersistent
- Country of originSouth Korea
- Annual cycleDeciduous
How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree
We list more than 50 Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.